Westminster Abbey

I try to imagine this place
empty, mid-day
lampless
with just sunlight filtering through
the stained glass
and the dry bones
dust-motes of all the Tudor kings and queens
laureates, rectors, prime ministers
drifting slowly between the grand vaults
votives extinguished on the altar
the suggestion of petitions in the faint smell of smoke.
Here Blake was said to sit
and talk with ghosts.
I am not impressed with hauntings
but I can imagine the conversation
rivals and colleagues and sisters
sighing
the full stop of death
a surprise to one and all
the nobodies and the royals
mis-remembered
or plain forgotten.
How the souls would lonely float
into the Lady Chapel
(temple to human achievement
glory beyond words
archways of light and eggshell,
white as bone)
rustle there awhile
shake silent heads
and whisper
Is this all there is?
the words, soundless
blown from their lips
like frosty mist over the Thames.

The stone walls are cold
and the stone floors are cold
and the stone slabs over the moldering corpses
are heavy and cold and final.

This is not a church
but a tomb
temple to mortality.
This is not a church
but a laboratory.
Here the bones of Darwin, Hawking
test cold theories
one last experiment
seen through to the end.
If their hypotheses prove
a soul-less death
no conclusion can be reported
no victory for the correct.
This is all there is
but what was it for?

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